I teach an undergraduate Consumer Behavior course at the Leeds School of Business. On the first day of the course, I surveyed the class (mostly Juniors and Seniors) about their social media usage and their basic job market preparation. We are moving to a world where potential employers will type your name into Google after […]
Month: August 2011
Can – and should – we try to crack the humor code?
With Joel Warner (Cross posted on The Humor Code’s Psychology Today blog) “Trying to define humor is one of the definitions of humor.” So said Saul Steinberg, someone who wielded humor so expertly that he became one of America’s most beloved cartoonists. If Steinberg didn’t need to define humor in order to use it beautifully, […]
Crowdsourcing my syllabus
Next week, I start teaching my biennial PhD course in judgment and decision making. I asked a few friends who are scholars in the field to suggest what papers I should add and remove from the syllabus. They encouraged me to post the syllabus on my blog and solicit feedback from a broader audience. So, […]
In search of what makes things funny.
A lot can happen in one year. About this time last year I gave a TEDxBoulder talk, which helped attract attention to my emerging research on humor. A local writer, Joel Warner, penned two articles about my work – one in Westword and one in Wired. He documented my failed standup comedy attempt in a […]
Just for Laughs Post Mortem: Podcast Kings Are Ready to Rule Comedy
With Joel Warner (Post on Wired) MONTREAL — At this year’s Just for Laughs festival, podcast poster boy Marc Maron painted a picture of a world in which the old rules of the stand-up circuit are being turned on their head thanks to the web. Maron, a longtime comic who never reached the top of […]